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Imhotep, the Egyptian father of medicine.

Imhotep (fl. 27th century BC (circa 2650-2600 BC) was an Egyptian Polymath who served under the reign of King Djoser as chancellor to the pharaoh and High Priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis. He is considered to be the first architect, engineer and physician in early history. The full list of his titles is: Chancellor of the King of Egypt, Doctor, First in line after the King 

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Pyramid of Djoser

of Upper Egypt, Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary nobleman, High Priest of Heliopolis, Builder, Chief Carpenter, Chief Sculptor, and Maker of Vases in Chief. Imhotep was one of very few mortals to be depicted as part of a pharaoh's statue. He was one of only a few commoners ever to be accorded divine status after death. The center of his cult was Memphis. From the First Intermediate Period onward Imhotep was also revered as a poet and philosopher. His 


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sayings were famously referred to in poems: "I have heard the words of Imhotep and Hordedef with whose discourses men speak so much."

The location of Imhotep's self-constructed tomb was well hidden from the beginning and it remains unknown, despite efforts to find it. The consensus is that it is hidden somewhere at Saqqara.